At a time when evangelicals need to learn how to embrace diversity, Dr. Bock's "Purpose-Driven Theology" arrives on the scene. This is an expansion of sorts of his 2002 presidential address at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting in Colorado Springs.
This book seeks to establish boundaries inside which evangelicals can engage each other in theological dialogue, realizing that the church is not the academy and the academy is not the church. Special emphasis is also placed upon the role of theological societies and organizations as they seek to find the proper balance of ecclesiastical approach and adacemic freedom.
This book serves to call evangelicals to unity amidst the diversity that is a reality. As Bock points out, we often waste too much time and effort in controversies among ourselves while losing our voice and opportunity to impact the culture with the Gospel.
Finally, the book has a thrust of prayer and discernment on matters on which Christians differ (mainly,evangelicals). What is important is that we not act too quickly and harshly on such matters. "The church has been around for two thousand years. God has cared for it well up to this point. We do not need to come to an instant judgment."
This book calls for strength and unity while preserving our diversity and distinctiveness. It also calls for thoughtful boundaries in which theologians can tenaciously seek the face of God.